Neuroscience Asset Map launched by Ontario Brain Institute

  • Ontario has one of the largest concentrations of brain scientists in the world.

  • New online map will connect over 800 researchers with hospitals, neurological charities, 'brain companies', patients and the public.


TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Believing that improving brain health takes massive collaboration, the Ontario Brain Institute today launched the province's first Neuroscience Asset Map.

The Asset Map is an online tool with a growing database that lists virtually every brain-related resource in the province. Users can access this tool (http://brain.cinmaps.ca/home) and find neuroscience expertise and talent ranging from researchers studying Alzheimer's disease, to companies developing neurotechnologies to patient advocacy groups supporting those suffering from a major brain disorder.

In addition, the Asset Map will help streamline the development of discoveries into new patient treatments, produce more focused and integrated research and help businesses identify partners and markets more effectively.

Said Dr. Donald T. Stuss, President of the Ontario Brain Institute: "A growing factor in all medical discovery is breaking down silos and building up connections. This is especially true in the study and care for our most complex organ, the brain."

The Asset Map has a number of user-friendly, interactive interfaces. Depending on the nature of the question being asked, each interface provides a different 'lens' to view the same set of data contained in the map. Using these interfaces, users can identify and contact people, companies or institutions that deal with any number of neuroscience-related questions.

So if you want to know which researchers have experience in imaging, or which companies produce medical devices, the Asset Map will provide that information.

The map is free and anyone can use it and offer feedback.  You don't even have to log-in or create an account. There is also a short, easy-to-understand video tutorial explaining how to use it [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3lzVAYJycw].

To ensure its currency, the Asset Map is designed to constantly evolve. Feedback is welcome and anyone can request the addition of new researchers or organizations to the database.

The Ontario Brain Institute is a provinciallyfunded, notforprofit research centre. It works to maximize the impact of neuroscience and establish Ontario as a world leader in brain discovery, commercialization and care.

SOURCE: Ontario Brain Institute

For further information:

Contact:

Michelle Wilson, MSc
Communications Lead
Ontario Brain Institute
438 University Ave, Suite 1618
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2K8 
Office: (647) 872-1215
Fax: (866) 570-5818
Email: mwilson@braininstitute.ca


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